Lisin released by Team Russia, Anisimov lives to skate another day
Sunday May 02nd 2010, 11:47 pm

New York Rangers forward Enver Lisin was cut from the Russian National Team on Sunday, a few hours after the squad lost its final game at the LG Hockey Games, 4-2 to the Czech Republic.  Four other players, including 2010 draft-eligible Vladimir Tarasenko and former NHLer Oleg Saprykin, were also released.  Rangers rookie Artem Anisimov (who centered a line with Lisin and Tarasenko on Sunday) remained with the team, which will resume its preparations for next week’s World Championship on Tuesday.

Sunday’s cuts leave Russia’s roster with twelve forwards, with Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, and Ilya Kovalchuk still expected to join the team.  Alexander Radulov, who continues to nurse an undisclosed injury, also remains a possible addition.  So additional cuts will be required before the team leaves for the 2010 World Championship in Germany later this week.

Neither Anisimov or Lisin factored in the scoring in either Sunday’s loss to the Czech Republic or Saturday’s 4-2 win over host Sweden.

Anisimov makes his case for World Championship invite
Friday April 30th 2010, 7:18 am


While the NHL playoffs are just starting to heat up, the rest of the world is busy preparing for the IIHF World Championship, which gets underway in Germany on May 8th.  For Russia, Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic, the final opportunity to audition players and gear up for the championship comes in the form of the LG Hockey Games, a round-robin tournament that serves as the culmination of the season-long Euro Hockey Tour.

Two New York Rangers forwards, Artem Anisimov and Enver Lisin, earned invites to play in the games on behalf of Russian national team, which opened its schedule with a game against Team Finland on Thursday in Helsinki.  Both players participated in Thursday’s tournament-opener.

Lisin made his national team debut, serving as a spare forward who was inserted up and down the line-up throughout the game.  The 23-year old soon-to-be restricted free agent even spent some time on Russia’s top line, but didn’t factor on the scoresheet.

Anisimov, meanwhile, made a strong bid to remain with the team when it travels to Germany.  The 21-year old center set up Russia’s first goal, feeding Sergei Mozyakin in the slot with a pass from the corner.  His play earned positive reviews by commentators and reporters alike and his line with Mozyakin and Maxim Shushinsky, which finished with two of Russia’s four goals, was widely considered Russia’s best.

Their performance wasn’t enough to earn Russia a victory, however, as the team fell 5-4 in a shootout.  Eighteen year-old draft-eligible Finn Mikael Granlund, the top ranked skater from Europe, scored the winning goal in the shootout.

The Russians will regroup on Friday and take on tournament hosts Sweden in Stockholm on Saturday before finishing the tournament with a game against the Czech Republic.  Russia’s final roster for the World Championship is expected sometime after that game concludes.

Before he left Russia’s training center in Novogorsk on Wednesday, Anisimov chatted with about playing for the country’s national team, his rookie season in the NHL, and who he wants to win the Stanley Cup (Hint: his pick was on the wrong end of the biggest upsets in recent NHL history.)  A translation of the interview is below.

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Anisimov and Lisin to remain with Team Russia for LG Games
Monday April 26th 2010, 12:13 am

New York Rangers forwards Artem Anisimov and Enver Lisin will remain with the Russian national team when it travels to Helsinki and Stockholm later this week for the LG Hockey Games, the final round of the Euro Hockey Tour. Both were included on the teams preliminary roster for the tournament, which was released by the Russian Hockey Federation on Sunday.

The tournament serves as the final warm-up for the 2010 IIHF World Championship, which gets underway in Germany on May 7th.

A few notable additions to the roster include Sergei Fedorov, Viktor Kozlov, and former Ranger Dmitri Kalinin. Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nikita Filatov and Denis Parshin, who were with the team for its exhibition matches in Italy this weekend, were not included.

The Russian squad will open the tournament with a game against Team Finland in Helsinki on Friday, before moving on to Stockholm for games against Sweden and the Czech Republic on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Additional changes to the roster could be made before the team departs, depending on the Gagarin Cup final results and NHL Stanley Cup first round playoff outcomes.

Team Russia Preliminary Roster for LG Hockey Games

Eremenko, Alexander 20.09.1988 Metallurg Hg
Khudobin, Anton 07.05.1986 Minnesota Wild
Koshechkin, Vasily 27.03.1983 Metallurg Mg
Belov, Nikolai 13.08.1987 Neftekhimik
Ryacensky, Evgeny 18.07.1987 Neftekhimik
Kalinin, Dmitri 22.07.1980 Salavat Yulaev
Denisov, Denis 31.12.1981 Dynamo M
Kulikov, Dmitri 29.10.1990 Florida Panthers
Atyushov, Vitaly 04.07.1979 Metallurg, Mg
Korneev, Konstantin 05.06.1984 CSKA
Kulyash, Denis 31.05.1983 Avangard
Fedorov, Sergei 13.12.1969 Metallurg Mg
Kylemin, Nikolai 14.07.1986 Toronto Maple Leafs
Kozlov, Viktor 14.02.1975 Salavat Yulaev
Saprikin, Oleg 12.02.1981 SKA
Gorovikov, Konstantin 31.08.1977 SKA
Radulov, Alexander 05.07.1977 Salavat Yulaev
Mozyakin, Sergei 30.03.1981 Atlant
Anisimov, Artem 24.05.1988 New York Rangers
Sushinsky, Maxim 01.07.1974 CSKA
Afinogenov, Maxim 04.09.1979 Atlanta Thrashers
Svitov, Alexander 03.11.1982 Avangard
Artyukhin, Evgeny 04.04.1983 Atlanta Thrashers
Lisin, Enver 22.04.1986 New York Rangers
Tarasenko, Vladimir 13.12.1991 Sibir
Grigorenko, Igor 09.04.1983 Salavat Yulaev
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